Obituaries

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Scales, Martha Anne

February 4, 1940 – February 5, 2019
at the age of 79 years

A celebration of Martha’s life will be held on Sunday February 17th at 2 pm at First United Church. There will be a gathering afterwards in the church hall.

Martha Anne Scales (Longley) nee Riley died peacefully following her 79th birthday on February 5, 2019. Martha was predeceased by her brother Doug and son Chris. She left behind her husband Bob, daughter Susan, son Gord (Mila), sister-in-law Barb, grandchildren Kendra (Nick), Terrell, Trenton, Taiysha (Calvin), and great grandson, Kaiden. Also very dear to Martha were step-children Karen (Robert), Alan (Lindsay), Paul (Melanie) and their children Caitlin (Deklan), Giordano, and Anna.
Martha was born in Winnipeg and completed nursing school at Misericordia Hospital. She left nursing to raise her three children, and share her gifts of volunteerism in Saskatoon, Calgary and North Vancouver.  Later she worked for the North Vancouver Women’s Shelter and North Shore Home Support. Martha retired from the Sunshine Coast Home Support Society as ED during which time she and Bob built and operated a B&B in Halfmoon Bay. They also facilitated hospice and organizational workshops there.
They moved to Salmon Arm where Martha chaired the board at CMHA, spearheading the first Mental Health housing facility in Salmon Arm. She chaired the board at First United during which time they completed the affirming process welcoming LGBTQ people. She also worked tirelessly using her gifts of leadership and compassion to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples, the homeless and new immigrants.
Martha enjoyed connecting to the natural world, gardening and being with her dogs. She walked gently on the earth.
Above all, Martha valued her family and friends. She was a devoted mother and partner. Her years of being a grandma were the most joyful for her. Martha had the gift of love and connection through her gentle touch, quiet moments, and generous spirit.
We would like to express great appreciation to those who supported both Martha and Bob in the last years of Martha’s illness. A very special thank you to the staff and administration at Mount Ida Mews and Dr. Kimberly Grieve, for their loving kindness and diligent care during the last chapter of Martha’s life.
Donations may be made to a charity of your choice that reflects Martha’s values and passions.
A celebration of Martha’s life will be held on Sunday February 17th at 2pm at First United Church. There will be a gathering afterwards in the church hall.

Martz, Wallace “Wally” Cordell

February 16, 1941 – February 3, 2019
at the age of 77 years

 A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Wally C Martz, 77, of Blind Bay, BC died Sunday, February 3, 2019 (Super Bowl Sunday) in the home he loved on the 11th green of Shuswap Lake Estates. In early January 2019 Wally was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.
Wally was born February 16, 1941 in Fargo, North Dakota.  He was adopted at age 2 by his parents Walter and Edline Martz. He grew up in Rolla, ND where he graduated from high school. He attended the University of North Dakota where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing. In June, 1962 Wally was united in marriage to Sandra Anderson.  He served in the US Army (1964-67), including 1 year active duty as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.  Wally was awarded a Bronze Star, 2 Army Air Medals for valour with 13 additional Oak Leaf Clusters and 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses for his heroism in battle. Captain Martz went on to pilot for the ND Air National Guard before retiring from duty in 1976.
After his return from Vietnam in 1967, Wally lived in Grand Forks, where he worked as a banker at Red River National Bank and continued coursework towards a Masters Degree at UND.  In 1972, Wally relocated to Mayville, ND where he continued to advance his banking career at the Goose River Bank.  Wally and Sandy raised their 5 children in Mayville, ND.
Wally was active in business and community enrichment, as well as a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Upon his retirement, he relocated to British Columbia where he married the love of his life Patricia Miller in July of 2004. Wally and Pat enjoyed travelling the world with friends, spending their winters in Puerta Vallarta and living the life he loved on the golf course in Blind Bay.
Wally is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Martz; mother-in-law, Mary Miller; his children, Kristin (Bret) Vie, Kathlyn (Mike) Rexine, Eric (Miranda) Martz, Aron (Jerri) Martz, Kadra Martz; sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Edline; father-in-law Bill Miller; his brother Jerald Martz and sister-in-law Ann Miller.
The family would like to thank everyone who contributed to ensuring that Wally’s cancer journey was as painless as possible. Our journey started in PV, Mexico, then Vancouver and finally home to Blind Bay. Along the way there were so many people who helped and guided us through the maze – far too many to identify individually. You all have our undying gratitude.
Please celebrate Wally’s life through acts of kindness and the little things in life that make you smile. Oh and maybe a rum and coke (7-Up) to toast a life well lived.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Smith, Lawrence Harvey

June 4, 1953 – February 1, 2019
at the age of 65 years

Lar gave Cancer the “Smith Stink Eye” and showed us all what you were made of,  wife Deed, children Sonny(Nat), Sheri, five grandchildren, mother, sisters, brother in laws, nieces, nephews and Lucy are all proud of how you fought. 
Lar worked construction his whole life and started his own company in 2007.  He worked hard and played hard.  A cold beer after work and home to his family.  He couldn’t wait until spring every year, oil change, wax job and riding season began, miles and miles of laughs with good friends and family – Sabbath is in good hands, we’ll ride her hard –
Special thanks to Dr. Humphreys, thank you for the time you gave us, Nurses Mike, Allison and Dr. Bonthuys thank you for your kindness to our family.
A Celebration of Life will follow in May.

                                   Until we meet again my friend, “Keep it full throttle, party hardy, rock & roll, F.I.I.Q.

Forness, Paul Henry

February 18, 1957 – January 31, 2019
at the age of 61 years

A Celebration of Life will be hosted by his family and close friends on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. at The Little Mountain Field House, 250 30th Street SE, Salmon Arm, BC

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paul Forness; beloved husband, father, uncle and friend. Paul passed away on January 31, 2019 after losing his 2nd battle to cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Ann of thirty years, his son Eric, and daughter Holly. His sisters Karen and Alison (Ray), nieces, nephews, in-laws and countless friends continue to carry his memory.
Paul and Betty Ann have lived in Salmon Arm since 1987, where they raised their two children.  One of their favourite pastimes included camping trips with family and friends. Paul enjoyed a good game of golf which was more about sharing a beer and socializing than playing. He worked in the Forest Industry for approximately 40 years, where he was highly respected and valued.
A sincere thank you goes out to Dr. James Levins, Nursing staff and the “girls” from the Oncology Department at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital for their care and support.
Paul will be dearly missed and deeply loved by all who knew him. In honour of his memory, an informal drop-in for a Celebration of Life will be hosted by his family and close friends on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 2-6 pm at The Little Mountain Field House, 250 30th Street SE, Salmon Arm, BC
On behalf of the family, a heartfelt welcome is extended to those who wish to share their memories and anecdotes at that time.

Angrignon, Edmond Colborne

October 20, 1935 – January 30, 2019
at the age of 83 years

It is with great sadness the family of Ed Angrignon announces his passing on January 30, 2019, at the age of 83, surrounded by his family.  He was born on October 20, 1935, in New Denver, B.C.

He was loved and will be missed by his wife of 60 years, Barb, daughter Tracy (Kim) Mercer, sons Russell (Delena) and Troy (Brian).  He is also survived by three grandsons (Matt/April, Jason/Kim and Brad/Amy), three great-grandchildren (Arya, Silas and Brooklyn), his brothers Gene, Randy, John and Gordon, and sister Joan.  Ed was predeceased by his father, mother, stepmother, and one infant son. 

Ed’s adventurous spirit led him to travel the world with Barb and his ever-present camera, making new friends along the way.  He was never happier than when he was sharing adventures with his family.  He skied, sailed, motorbiked, kayaked, hiked, biked, and snowshoed. At age 80 he tried his hand at rock climbing, and at age 82 was hiking in the Canadian Rockies with his children, grandchildren, and his great-granddaughter.  He had a special place in his heart for all animals, but especially Ben and Abby, his four-legged companions.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.  No service by request.

Paul, Arnold Lees

July 13, 1933 – January 29, 2019
at the age of 85 years

It is with great sorrow that our family announces the passing of Arnold Lees Paul (Arn or Arnie as he was called by his many friends and family) passed away in his eighty fifth year.  Arnold was born in Viking, Alberta to John and Nellie Paul, he had one sister Catherine and two brothers Alfred (Marilyn) and Tom (Marg).  Arnold and his first wife Ada had many children, Lynn (Wanda), Phillip (Bonnie), Ricky, Charlene, Harry, Linda (Greg) and Laurie. Arnold was pre deceased by Ada and Harry and one grandson Kevin.  Arn was blessed to marry Thelma (Nov, 1974).  Arn then welcomed four step children Greg, Charlene, Don (Colleen) and Fred into the family.  One of the highlights of Arn’s life was a trip that he and Thelma made to Norway, he spoke of it with great joy. Arnie enjoyed his holiday bus trips, fishing, curling, golf and coaching baseball.  Arnold leaves his loving wife Thelma, his children, step children, 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren. Arnie was a hard worker all his life and loved to tell stories about his days working at A.L. Fortune School.  He will be missed by all. Rest in Peace.

Gregersen, Arne Helge

November 5, 1935 – January 29, 2019
at the age of 83 years

Arne passed away at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm at the age of 83 years.
He was born in Denmark and travelled to Canada by boat at the age of 20 years.
He was predeceased by wife Ulah Fay Gregersen and his parents Karl Christian Gregersen and Ellen Gregersen.
Grieving family members include daughter/granddaughter Donna-Marie Gregersen and great grandsons Draeyden and Tayten Gregersen, granddaughters Lita Lee and Lenyx Everingham, sister in Denmark Grethe, nieces Solveig and Trille Gregersen as well his cousin CE Damkjaer.
Arne had 30 years of service with the Canoe Forest Products and 10 years managing the Riverside RV Park in Enderby, BC.  His hobbies included decorating his house to the extreme with Christmas lights during the holidays and wood working. He was a huge, huge, huge supporter of his granddaughter/daughter Donna-Marie and her sons and attended school field trips up until 81 years of age for his great grandchildren.
Huge thank you to Landers Lodge’s Brian for being an outstanding landlord/friend to Arne and to Brian’s staff for being such caring and empathetic loving people.
Also a big thank you to Fischer’s Funeral Home’s Vincent for always tending to my grandpa’s needs before his passing and for being so amazing to me (Donna) after grandpa’s passing.

Burton, William James

December 28, 1946 – January 27, 2019
at the age of 72 years

A Celebration of his Life is being planned at a later date, details to be provided to family and close friends.  

It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of William James (Bill) Burton on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the age of 72 years.  He will be forever remembered by his wife Joan and daughters Karen, Sandy and Brenda (Jeff).  Bill will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Zachary, Ryea, Tyler, Katelyn, Megan, Cole, and Sophie, his sisters and brothers, Margaret (Ross), Alec (Ruth), Carol (Dave), and Glenn, extended family, and dear friends.
Bill was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Throughout his life and career Bill and Joan lived in various cities.  Retiring from the gas industry in 2002, they moved from Victoria to Nanoose Bay and eventually settling in Blind Bay, BC in 2013.  Bill attended St. Mary’s Anglican-United Church in Sorrento, BC. He had a passion for painting and was a member of the Blind Bay Painters Association for the past 4 years. Bill also enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He is known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and his kind, generous soul. Bill will be missed more than words can describe but as he would always say “Keep Smiling!”
There will be no service as per Bill’s wishes.  A Celebration of his Life is being planned at a later date, details to be provided to family and close friends.